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Monday, January 19
The Devious Means Residency Night 3 The Wayfarer Indie-rock darlings The Devious Means carved out a niche in Orange County's sonic ecosystem with smart, accessible songwriting that showcases crafty lyrics and more hooks than a fly-fishing competition. On the heels of their first full-length album, Other Animals, released in September, the band rock the Wayfarer in Costa Mesa all January long during their Monday night residency. This week is the biggest show so far, including special L.A. guests FMLYBND and OC faves Midnight Hour. (Kyle Cavaness)
Tuesday, January 20
Burger Records Taco Tuesday Residency Night 3 The Continental Room Burger Records is in the middle of a Taco Tuesday residency--two great tastes that taste great together, right?--at the Continental Room, and this particular line-up is arguably the strongest of an already strong month. Wyatt Blair is L.A.'s glam-pop star ascendent, and if King Tuff is the king of this kind of Milk 'n' Cookies-style thing, Blair's gotta be the prince. His recent album Banana Cream Dream is crucial. Hammered Satin are even glammier, thanks to indomitable singer Noah (from the old-school S'Cool Girls) while the Flytraps do Pandoras garage-punk with the reckless attitude of the first Redd Kross LP. And of course there's Gap Dream, channeling Spacemen 3 and Spectrum at the same time. This Burger-Taco combo the only new year's diet you need. (Chris Ziegler)
Wednesday, January 21 Metal Allegiance House of Blues Anaheim Remember all those times you spent in your bong toke-clouded garage dreaming about the perfect all-star heavy metal band? With any prolific shredder up for grabs, the possibilities are endless. Chances are your lineup would include a few names from the real all-star jam dubbed Metal Allegiance at the House of Blues Anaheim. The massive lineup of musicians sharing the stage includes Pantera/Kill Devil Hill bassist Rex Brown and Slayer/Exodus guitarist Gary Holt. The complete lineup for Metal Allegiance is Frank Bello (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Chris Broderick (Ex-Megadeth), Rex Brown (Pantera/Kill Devil Hill), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and John Tempesta (The Cult). Right...holy fuck! (Nate Jackson)
Thursday, January 22
Motown Memories Lido Live If Motown didn't write the book on modern American pop songwriting, it must've at least laid claim to one of the best chapters. This Detroit label was like a lens that focused the R&B that came before into the soul, pop, disco and more that would come later, and even more than fifty years after the hits started coming, the best Motown songs remain masterpieces in the truest sense. (Including, of course, producer Norman Whitfield's 1963 Temptations album Masterpiece.) This Motown revue (part of a roster usually booked into casinos and cruises) breezes through the highlights of at least two decades of pop artistry, and it's a testament to the Motown sound that these songs still sound so strong.(Chris Ziegler)
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Friday, January 23
California Fest Day 2 The Observatory California Music Fest will be in high gear this weekend, bringing together a multitude of music vets as they celebrate some of the biggest names in hard rock and metal as part of the 2015 NAMM Jamm. It's a yearly showcase taken on the road since 2010, and diehard rock enthusiasts and metal heads shouldn't miss a beat in checking out this homage to fallen musical greats: Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses), Bevan Davies (Danzig) and legendary godfather of drumming Bill Ward among others come together for John Henry "Bonzo" Bonham, Led Zeppelin's original drummer. Tonight we raise our lighters for Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne's talented but underrated guitarist Randy Rhoads, taken tragically too soon in 1982. The all-star line-up includes Joel Hoekstra, Nik Kai, Brian Tichy, and more. (Aimee Murillo)